Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Cousin's Visit

I have not been blogging....(obviously).  This is a busy time of the year.
I enjoyed my visit with my cousin.  Linda taught us how to make a "file" book.

back of book

As you can see, there are a lot of folds.  Normally would keep blank squares for pictures, but I am just using this as a template.
We were quite pleased!
The last day, my cousin and I went out for lunch, and they can't get lake perch in Naples, Florida!

She was only here from Monday through Wednesday.  Monday night I had a potluck here with our family
Shirley, brother Stan, me, sister Connie

Nice to have everyone together at home where we could visit.
We also shopped (Hobby Lobby), crafted, went to Gallagher's Pizza (my favorite),
crafted some more, ate, visited....  The time just flew by!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I'm So Excited! ....and I just can't hide it...

Caught the sunset as we were going to get our son from work.  "Stop the car, I need this!"  Of course the photo doesn't do justice to God's handiwork.
Nothing to exciting to report this week.   Today we are having a Packer party at church.  I even got my hubby and son to attend (the party, not church)
Tomorrow morning my cousin from Florida will be here!  Jim is picking her up in the morning after work.  She is at her dad's up north, and her dad is driving as far as the outskirts of Green Bay so as to avoid all the construction (hate orange barrels and concrete barriers myself!)
We have so many plans for the week:  A stamp-along tomorrow (make 5 cards for $7) and a potluck here with the family tomorrow night.  On Tuesday, Linda is going to show us how to make a fancy scrappy book!  Tuesday night we will go out to eat.  On Wednesday, we will just chill, play, and maybe go to Hobby Lobby!  Plan on good ole Wisconsin brats on the grill that night!  On Thursday, in the wee hours, Jim is going to take her away from me and drop her off at the airport on his way to work.
My cousin is on the left, sister on the right of me.  (I don't know why my chin is up in the air!).
I  think next year I need to go to Florida!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Scrapping the Night Away and Enjoying the Sun!

I haven't felt like blogging, although I have much I could write about.
I spent last weekend at a  church camp retreat for scrapbooking fun!

I was busy scrapping away while my bff was being goofy for Halloween!  (She took these pictures)
All the ladies and staff were really nice and it is a wonderful camp.
Pine Lake is near Waupaca, Wisconsin, deep in the woods!   Friday night I was so tired, I just couldn't get inspired or motivated.  Saturday it rained all day so it was perfect for scrapbooking.  I am always the first one up, so started scrapping at 5:30am!  I scrapped until midnight (I did take breaks to eat and a few short naps).  On Sunday, the Creative Memories demonstrator gave out door prizes.  Guess who won the big prize?  I won a $50 shopping spree with her and so was able to buy border punches that I had wanted.
After lunch Sunday we were off,  and stopped at the Red Mill.  It is on the list of National Historic places.  Once it was an operating mill but now contains gifts and an ice cream parlor.

I would love this glider!

This area is truly beautiful.  Many come to visit just to reflect, to write, to get married, to get their engagement photos done, etc.  I think I will have to go there next fall during color peak with my husband!
To read more, visit my bff's blog at Linda Loves Chocolate.
As soon as I blogged about my health being better, I got a relapse of my IC (bladder condition).  Thankfully it only lasted a day.  Today I went in for the first of a series of bladder treatments.  After talking to the nurse, we both decided that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  The treatments are only for those who cannot get their symptoms under control.  Since I can control mine with a heating pad, my pain pills and diet, I'm okay, but if the symptoms would go on for days at a time, then the treatments would be necessary.
P.S.  My husband forbade me to go on retreat on Halloween next year!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

From Vacation to Vacation!...Why I Love Retirement!

After breakfast on Sunday, we went to the  Fort Crawford Museum.  It was really interesting! President Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis were both stationed at Fort Crawford.  (The original site was washed away by the floods.)
Archaeologists have rescued the site where the Swift Military Hospital once stood  It has such a historical significance as one of the leading physicians of the time, Dr. Belmont was head.  He did the first gastric feeding and performed many ground breaking surgeries and observations.  I had, of course, many good pictures, but you will have to visit the website now to see them!
We made a quick stop to Cheapo Depot (love that name) where I picked up some things for my bff's grandkids.
We took a leisurely drive home along the Wisconsin River.  In Mauston we stopped at Beyond the Daily Grind Cafe and Coffee.  It was a totally Christian atmosphere in the décor and music and reading materials at the booths!  The sandwiches were great.  I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.  It is a beautiful old building with the pressed tin ceilings.   I just loved it!
As for my health, I am doing much better!  My skin on my tummy is healing and I found medical supplies that work for my sensitivity.  My leg is fine but I think I will go to the chiropractor for my foot.  (that helped last time I had such an ailment). 
I have started to go to yoga and range of motion exercises at the senior center.
Yesterday we had quite an adventure.  I went with my bff to her granddaughter's confirmation.
Driving home we again encountered orange barrels and detours, but everything looks different at night!  We seemed to go in circles several times before we got on the straight path!  Oh well, we made it home!
Next weekend I am going with my bff to a scrapbooking retreat (can never get too much!).
Two weeks from now, my cousin is visiting from Florida!  I am so excited to see her!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weekend Trip to Prairie Du Chien

I had a wonderful weekend away in Prairie Du Chien with my hubby last weekend.
Unfortunately, the closer we got to the Mississippi, the more faded the trees became.
At home, they looked like this:
We departed on Saturday when Jim got home from work.  After more than four hours, with a few stops, we stayed at a Best Western.  It is so difficult to pick out a motel online.  The room was nice enough.  Good breakfast.  Our bed had a hill.  I slept on the top of the hill on Saturday night.  The next night we switched, and Jim said there was still a hill and he slept on it.The shower didn't adjust.  The water came out like a hose and not a nice spray.  Oh well, we survived.
We didn't go out for any "fancy" dinner on our anniversary on Sunday,  as we were eating out all weekend!  I thought of dining at a supper club, but we just weren't that hungry!
I accidentally deleted my photos from the weekend, and I had some really good ones!  Don't ask me how I did it, but I must have "Deleted All."  Somehow the photos that I shared on Facebook remained.  Jim took some and I have a ton of postcards and fliers.  AND, we have our memories!
On Sunday morning we started with a trip to McGregor, IA to Pike's Peak State Park. 
Waiting for more sunshine, we ventured off on a hiking trail.


How low can we go?

These are the Falls?  (look closely)
Remember, what goes down, must go back up!
I thought I was going to die!  Keep singing, "Climbing the Stairway to Heaven!"

As sunny as it got!
Time for a break.  It was cold out (at least I had gloves and my hands were still cold), I was winded, and my legs felt like rubber bands.  My left foot has some kind of fascitis, so was walking funny which threw off my whole left leg and hip!  I was walking like Chester (from the old western, Gunsmoke) the rest of the day!
Onward to see the Villa Louis  This is the oldest estate in Wisconsin.  Prairie Du Chien is the second oldest city with Green Bay being the very oldest.

The mansion was owned by the Dousmann family.  Originally a red brick house, it was rebuilt for Louis' second wife who wanted indoor plumbing (do you blame her?) and electricity.  The décor was quite ostentatious as was the style in Victorian times.
What was truly fascinating was that the original furnishings were still there!  The furniture had been reupholstered and the walls were restored.  Much of the estate (the carriage run, carriage house, etc, had perished in a flood since the estate was on St. Feriole Island on the Mississippi).  There was still the office building which included a billiards room.  Many a business deal was made there!
Time for lunch, a nap, and the Packer game!


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy Anniversary with the Love of my Life!

Memories of my hubby. I met him through Bob, who was going with my friend, Debbie at the time. Bob lived between our house (I had moved back home with Mom) and the City Dairy. On my trips to the City Dairy, I would visit with Bob, Pat and Prophet, Bob's dog. I didn't have a lot of friends when I returned home. I enjoyed visiting with people my age. Jim would come home from working at the bakery, looking like a complete grease ball after working on the ovens for 8 hours! I looked like a hooker, with my blue eye shadow, tube top, cut off shorts and platform shoes. (fresh from Mad town!) Neither of us were impressed!

We started to like each other in August of 78. I was bored and called a friend to see what she was doing.  She said they were going to a picnic, and if I wanted to go, I should call Bob.  Jim was going too.  Oh well, there will be other people there, I thought.  It was a day of sunshine, volleyball and beer.  I am not an athletic person and both Bob and Jim were very supportive of my volleyball attempts.  I chatted with others at the picnic.  On the way home we stopped at a bar and everyone had kind of paired off which left me with Jim.  We just talked like old friends.  I didn't realize that my pink tube top was imprinted on his memory!  (men!)  I invited him upstairs by my mom's.  She thought, what did I drag in?  We were dirty from volleyball, and she thought Jim looked disheveled, to say the least, with knobby knees! 

When Jim brought me to his family's Christmas, at his mom's, I was under severe scrutiny, but they knew something was up as he had never brought a girl home before.
In 1979 Jim's sister, Lil, and Rick had just been married. Some didn't think I should be in the family photo as we were "just going out." I think we knew then, that we would be forever.  I have always looked up to Jim. He can drive me crazy with some of his habits, but he is my best friend! He has always supported me, encouraged me and accepted me for who I am. This was just the beginning of our love story!
I was so nervous as my brother walked me down the aisle...not about getting married, but about the ceremony. Apparently Jim was nervous too. Later someone told me that it was so sweet that we held each other's hand during the ceremony. We were just holding each other up!
Tomorrow will mark 35 years with this man! We've changed over the years, but we've changed together. We've been through wonderful times and some horrible times. Jim has been my rock. I have been his greatest cheerleader! Love each other to the end! Happy Anniversary a day early to my best friend!

A footnote:  We chose the 18th of October before Hallmark chose it for Sweetest Day!  It makes it so difficult to find a place to celebrate our anniversary!